Keyword: John Shirreffs

  • Trainer John Shirreffs at Belmont

    Shirreffs Gets Another Shot With Gormley in Belmont

    In the days and weeks after Royal Mo's breakdown at Pimlico Race Course, in his last timed workout for the Preakness Stakes (G1), it was difficult for the trainer to power forward, but the other horses in his care deserved his best.

  • Victor Espinoza is scheduled to ride Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley in this year's Belmont Stakes

    Good Feelings Still Flowing for Espinoza

    When Victor Espinoza returns to ride in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park for the first time since guiding American Pharoah to a Triple Crown sweep in 2015, the memory of that day will still be fresh. 

  • Gormley, with Victor Espinoza aboard, works at Santa Anita Park

    Gormley Works for Possible Belmont Start

    Before and after Gormley logged his workout May 27 at Santa Anita Park, trainer John Shirreffs emphasized that, although the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) is under consideration, nothing is set in stone.

  • Always Dreaming trains May 11 at Pimlico Race Course

    Always Dreaming Gallops Peacefully at Pimlico

    Trainer Todd Pletcher gave a very positive review of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming after the colt galloped once around Pimlico Race Course May 11, in preparation for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1).

  • Jerry Moss in the Santa Anita Park winner's circle

    Jerry Moss Hopes for Derby Encore with Gormley

    Jerry Moss, who has campaigned greats such as Zenyatta and built the hugely successful record label A&M Records, hopes to repeat his Derby success of 12 years ago with Giacomo when he sends Gormley to the starting gate.

  • Gormley works April 22 at Santa Anita Park

    Gormley Works Smartly at Santa Anita

    The clocker's stopwatch at the top of the Santa Anita Park grandstand may have shown 1:15 4/5 for Gormley's six-furlong workout April 22, but the slow time doesn't tell the whole story.

  • Gormley edges American Anthem (obscured) by a head in the Sham Stakes

    Gormley Edges American Anthem in Sham

    Reminiscent of several standout races in 2016 in the region, the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) stretch run featured two horses locked in a duel to a wire, well clear of the rest of the field.

  • Gormley

    Gormley Looks to Bounce Back in Sham Stakes

    When Gormley found himself four wide in both the first and second turns during the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), stalking the pace instead of out front, it wasn't much of a surprise the John Shirreffs trainee faded late.

  • Gormley worked 6 furlongs in 1:16 2/5

    Gormley Goes Easy in BC Juvenile Work

    As the deluge of workers lined up, eagerly awaiting the second training session to begin near the top of the Santa Anita stretch, trainer John Shirreffs held back Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley for a few minutes to let the track clear.

  • Ziconic worked 4 furlongs from the gate in :49 3/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 13.

    Ziconic Set for Debut at Santa Anita

    After a four-furlong breeze from the gate in :49 3/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 13, trainer John Shirreffs said Jerry and Ann Moss' homebred Ziconic will likely make his debut at Santa Anita Park Feb. 20.

  • Longform: Long Live the Queen

    The legacy of one of the modern era's best-known Thoroughbred stars continues to this day as two-time Breeders' Cup winner and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta maintains a devoted fan following.

  • Smart Transition wins the $100,000 Curlin Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths.

    Smart Transition Powers Home in Curlin

    Arnold Zetcher's homebred Smart Transition picked up his first black type victory July 31 at Saratoga Race Course, kicking into gear off the turn and drawing away to win the $100,000 Curlin Stakes.

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    Cozmic One, Full to Uncle Mo Meet at Belmont

    Cozmic One, the first foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, and Indian Trail, a full brother to 2010 champion 2-year-old male Uncle Mo, will square off July 8 in a $75,000 maiden special weight race at Belmont Park.

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    Zenyatta's Ziconic, Cozmic One at Belmont

    Ziconic, the unraced second foal out of 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, has joined his older half brother Cozmic One in the Belmont Park barn of trainer John Sherriffs, according to the official Zenyatta website.

  • Sherri and Michael DiMenna at 2005 Kentucky Derby

    Racing Voices: Holy Giacomoly!

    It goes without saying that no one forgets attending their first Kentucky Derby (gr. I). However, every once in a while along comes a Derby story that is not only memorable but also unlikely to ever be surpassed.

  • Cozmic One after his first start

    Cozmic One Lacks Late Kick in Debut

    Cozmic One, the long-awaited first foal of Zenyatta, looked a lot like his mother through most of his debut April 17 at Santa Anita Park, trailing a group of five other 3-year-olds in last early on in a mile maiden event.

  • Jerry and Ann Moss' Zenyatta and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade II, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap, Saturday, August 2, 2008 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.
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    Long Live The Queen

    The legacy of one of the modern era’s best-known Thoroughbred stars continues to this day as two-time Breeders’ Cup winner and 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta maintains a devoted fan following.

  • Cozmic One training at Saratoga

    Patience Key for Shirreffs With Cozmic One

    2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta never set foot in New York, but her first-born son Cozmic One arrived at Saratoga Springs' legendary racetrack last month to spend the summer learning about life as a racehorse.

  • Flashy American won the 2014 Sixty Sails Handicap.

    Flashy American Wheels Back for Shuvee 'Cap

    Flashy American will take another run at the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) at Saratoga Race Course July 27, wheeling back after a third-place finish in the Delaware Handicap (gr. I) two weeks earlier.

  • Eblouissante Benefits from Dressage Training

    British-born Jacqueline Kandalaft-Gomez imparts basic dressage tenets to all of the young Thoroughbreds she exercises for trainer John Shirreffs, including Zenyatta's half sister, Eblouissante.

  • Blingo gets by Imperative to win the San Antonio Stakes.

    Blingo Hits San Antonio Jackpot; 'Dude' Fades

    Blingo came from off the pace for his first graded stakes score as heavily favored Game On Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows flamed out in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.